The thunderstruck look on Felipe Massa's face after Saturday's qualifying session said it all. The weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix had rightly been touted as Massa's prime opportunity to overcome the disappointments of Australia and Malaysia, and finally launch himself into the 2008 championship hunt.
Felipe Massa © LAT
True to expectations, Massa had looked the part during almost every session leading up the final qualifying. With Ferrari losing nothing of their advantage from Malaysia, and on possibly his favourite circuit, the Brazilian seemed a class apart from his challengers.
Yet, when the qualifying dust had settled, Massa found himself unexpectedly pipped into second place by Robert Kubica, who recorded BMW-Sauber's first-ever pole position in the process.
There is a popular perception that Felipe Massa can not win from anywhere other than pole position. If the drivers don't give much credence to their popular stereotypes, Massa's facial expression surely didn't dispel the perception either. He looked like a man who had just seen certain victory snatched away from him.